Kwani Trust a 2010 Prince Claus Award Laureate

September 7, 2010

Nairobi, Tuesday 7thSeptember 2010

Kwani Trust has been awarded a 2010 Prince Claus Award, given annually in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of Culture and Development. Each year, this prestigious award run by the Prince Claus Fund invites an expanding network of colleagues, partners and experts in artistic and cultural fields that are relevant to the Fund’s mission to nominate candidates for the award.

Kwani Trust is honored to be among the 9 winners of the EUR 25,000 Award, which will be presented in Nairobi in December 2010 by the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya, HE. Laetitia van den Assum. The Trust plans to use the award money as a seed fund for a manuscript project that produces novel-length manuscripts between 2011 and 2013, with the project kicking off in early 2011. Further details will be available through the press and the Kwani Trust website from December 2010. Read more

Granta Interviews Billy Kahora

February 17, 2010

Ollie Brock talks to Billy Kahora Granta’s latest New Voice and author of the story ‘The Gorilla’s Apprentice’. Billy is the managing editor of Kwani Trust.

OB: When did you first become interested in writing?

BK: I was always interested but had too much reading to worry about writing my realities. I started writing in my early twenties, when everything around me started contorting in unprecedented ways. And there emerged a reality that was so unexpected across society that, for me, the only way to deal with it was through writing. And that has never really stopped.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Kwani? Featured In Christian Science Monitor

January 29, 2010

“After social upheaval, clubs and small publishers have sprung up in the East African nation as new outlets
for literary expression.” Read it here.

The Work of War

January 28, 2010

The latest edition of Granta has the theme of “work” . Martin Kimani, a writer who been featured in Kwani? , is among the contributors with his poignant piece the Work of War. Read it here.

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